Internships

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Internships at the Gilder Lehrman Institute provide a strong foundation in various aspects of the museum, archives, and education professions as well as an introduction to working in a nonprofit organization.

College interns will begin their internship on Monday, June 10, and end their internship on Thursday, August 1. High school interns will begin their internship on either Monday, June 24 (if they are not a New York City Department of Education student) or Wednesday, June 26 (if they are an NYCDOE student) and will end their internship on Thursday, August 8. Interns will report Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All interns will be paid $15 per hour. Interns in the Gilder Lehrman Collection will also receive a travel stipend.

Funding for internships at the Gilder Lehrman Collection is provided thanks to a generous grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

 

Qualifications

  • Interest in American history and K–12 education is a requirement for all applicants.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all internships are open to candidates enrolled in high school, college, and graduate school.

Please note that while we welcome applicants from outside New York City, the internship program does not provide housing. Interns are responsible for their own lodging.

The application for Summer 2019 internships is now closed; the deadline was February 28, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 22, 2019.

For questions regarding the internships, email education@gilderlehrman.org or call 646-366-9666, ext 127.

 


Summer 2019 Internships

Accounting Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Financial Management

  • Manage Teacher Seminar Program travel reimbursements
    • Review incoming reimbursement requests to check for accuracy and assign proper accounting codes
    • Communicate with Education Department regarding missing documents and issuance of payment
    • Post reimbursements into accounting system (Quickbooks)
    • Code, copy and mail reimbursement checks, then file check copies
    • Record payments on google tracking system
  • Other accounting tasks
    • Process stipend checks for summer programs
    • Annual nonprofit audit fieldwork support
    • Credit card reconciliation support
    • Process store order payments and enter into accounting system

Filing and Organizational Support

  • Scan fiscal-year financial documents in preparation for annual audit
  • File accounts payable records and check for completeness
  • Other accounting duties, as needed

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Studying for bachelor’s degree in accounting, arts administration, or related field
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Interest in nonprofit organizations and/or American history
  • Experience with Quickbooks a plus, but not required
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Supervisor: Kat Wulwick, Finance & HR Associate

Curatorial Intern

This position is funded through the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Collection Management

  • Assist with care and upkeep of the Collection storage area
  • Review original materials and compare records to database records
  • Update PastPerfect records with new or corrected information
  • Create location finding aids using PastPerfect

Scanning Collection Materials

  • Scan archival materials using Epson flatbed scanner
  • Process images and apply metadata
  • Manage files for digital images
  • Upload images to the Collection catalog

Outreach

  • Assist with programs for students and teachers
  • Assist with summer camp for fifth and sixth graders on using primary sources from World War II
  • Create transcriptions of archival documents
  • Conduct background research
  • Draft a social media post about a Collection item
  • Prepare handouts for use in programs

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of basic collections care and management practices a plus
  • Basic knowledge of PastPerfect collections management software a plus

Supervisor:     Allison Kraft, Assistant Curator

Development Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Research and Writing

  • Identify and research potential funding sources, including foundations, corporations, and individuals
  • Help create prospect profiles, such as biographical and financial information
  • Assist in compiling donor solicitation materials

Database and Mailings

  • Play a key role in updating, organizing, and standardizing existing records in both our CiviCRM database and individual files
  • Input new data with great attention to detail
  • Research donor and foundation contact information using web platforms such as Wealthengine and Foundation Directory to find missing information or to update existing data

Filing and Organizational Support

  • Provide support sending mailings and invitations to donors and prospects
  • Scan and organize development paperwork
  • Create physical and digital filing system for external ephemera (annual reports, invitations, press)

Events

  • Assist with the pre-production, organization, and post-production of fundraising events, such as our annual Gala and national book prizes

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Must be tech-savvy with the ability to quickly learn new software
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with database systems and/or Excel a plus

Supervisors: Rachel Hechtman, Events and Development Associate, and Margaret Schriber, Development Coordinator

Exhibitions and Public Programs Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Provide support for relevant digital projects and exhibitions
  • Provide administrative support for grant funded public programs and traveling exhibitions
  • Assist Multimedia Producer on occasion in filming and editing short videos
  • Other duties as needed

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills and can-do attitude
  • Interest in history, film, libraries, and archives
  • Interest in and experience with photography, videography, and Adobe Creative Suite software (Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects) preferred but not required

Supervisors: Mary Kate Kwasnik, Manager of Exhibitions and Public Programs and Peter Shea, Video Producer

Education Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars

  • Assist seminar staff in planning 2019 Teacher Seminars, and preliminary planning for 2020 programs
  • Serve as the onsite coordinator for a one-week Teacher Seminar based in New York City in July

Affiliate School Program

  • Assist in maintenance of database records for schools and teachers

Teaching Literacy through History™ (TLTH)

  • Assist senior education fellows in reviewing, updating, and developing lessons and online resources
  • Assist in evaluation and improvement of TLTH programs for Fall 2019
  • Assist education program coordinators and director of evaluation in evaluation and analysis of the program

Hamilton Education Program

  • Research Title I schools in selected 2019–2020 tour cities and assist in development outreach campaign
  • Assist Hamilton Education Program staff in reviewing student work and choosing exemplars for presentation
  • With Exhibitions and Public Programs team, assist in testing pilot version of Universal Hamilton Education Program digital suite

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Interest in nonprofit museum/education programming and teaching K–12 American history
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word, and Powerpoint

Supervisors: Daniel Pecoraro, Education Program Coordinator, and Andrea Zakai, Assistant Director of Education Programs

Marketing and Communications Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Social Media

  • Create and schedule continuous content for social media platforms based on Gilder Lehrman Collection documents, historic events, and Gilder Lehrman programs
  • Develop analytic reports measuring success of social media efforts

Communications

  • Write press releases in consultation with the director of marketing

Marketing

  • Identify best channels for advertising and promoting the Institute’s programs and assist in the development of online advertising copy
  • Perform market research and analysis for the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s programs
  • Coordinate logistics for conferences that Institute staff attend (logistics include shipping materials, developing collateral materials, creating press packets, and determining pre- and post-marketing campaigns for conference leads)

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and Powerpoint; familiarity with InDesign and Photoshop not required, but a plus
  • Adept at learning new technologies

Supervisors: Josh Landon, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Elsie Martinez, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Reference Intern (for high school students)

This position is funded through the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Reference, Rights, and Reproductions

  • Assist in providing reference services for patrons wishing to access the Collection both on site and remotely
  • Prepare lists of materials related to research topics
  • Process requests for PDFs
  • Compile images for reference requests and internal projects

Digitization and Reference Support

  • Scan archival materials using Epson flatbed scanner
  • File management for digital images
  • Create word-processed transcriptions of archival documents

Education Programs

  • Assist with preparation of handouts for group visits to the Collection
  • Assist with our summer camp for fifth and sixth graders on using primary sources

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Interest in research and improving academic search engine skills
  • Ability to read handwriting (both print and script) preferred

Supervisor:    Laura Hapke, Curatorial Assistant

Research Assistant and Intern, Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Advisory Board and Fellowship Program

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Research, Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Advisory Board

  • Locate prospective members of the Scholarly Advisory Board and obtain contact information for the mailing list
  • Compile a comprehensive bibliography of books and articles by Scholarly Advisors, making sure to note all book prizes and honors won

Database, Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Fellowship Program

  • Find and update home addresses, e-mail addresses, and other contact details for current and former Gilder Lehrman Fellows
  • Expand the working list of Fellows’ publications into a full bibliography  of dissertations, books, and articles from 1998 to the present

Filing and Organizational Support

  • Scan and organize paperwork relating to the Scholarly Advisory Board and Scholarly Fellowship Program
  • Maintain physical & digital filing system

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Attentiveness to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with database systems and/or Excel
  • A working knowledge of American history
  • Interest in recent scholarship in the field

Supervisor: Nicole Seary, Senior Editor and Coordinator of the Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Fellowship Program